The 5 Most Common Skincare Mistakes

Do you ever feel like you're doing everything right with your skin but you're still not seeing the results you want? With so many influencers these days recommending products and routines, it can be a bit confusing to know exactly what you should be doing and using for your skin. These five common skincare mistakes could be holding you back from the best skin you've ever dreamed of.

1) Not Moisturizing Oily Skin

The most common skincare mistake is not moisturizing oily skin. I have seen it and I have heard it SO. MANY. TIMES. You are actually doing your skin more harm than good when you avoid moisturizing oily skin. Never moisturizing your skin is basically the equivalent to never drinking water. Think of it this way: approximately 60% of the human body is water. Say you decided you were going to stop drinking water because your body is already basically made of water. But you continue to eat food and exercise. Your body is going to start to lose all of it's water. What happens when your body loses water? You become dehydrated. Same thing goes for your skin. If you have oily skin, but you still cleanse daily and exfoliate every few days, your skin will start to become stripped or dehydrated. What happens next? Your body freaks out and sends MORE oil to the skin because it thinks it is being deprived. What are you left with? Even more oil than before. It is a vicious cycle. If you have oily skin, look for a lightweight, oil-free moisturizer.

2) Over Exfoliating

We've all been there - looking in the mirror wanting to scrub away our dull skin to reveal fresh, bright, glowing skin. Exfoliating is great, but in moderation! What happens when you over-exfoliate? When you exfoliate, you are buffing away the top layer of your skin. If you start to exfoliate too often, you are stripping the skin of it's natural oils and damaging the natural barrier that protects our skin. This can cause dryness, redness, irritation and even breakouts. Stick to exfoliating 1-3x a week depending on your skin type.

3) Using Physical Exfoliants on Acne

One of the worst things you can do for acne is scrub it. Think about it: exfoliating beads rubbing up against a juicy breakout, opening it up, bacteria oozing out and spreading around your skin. Does that paint the picture for you? Gross, I know. But I want you to picture it so you can see just how bad it is. When you exfoliate with a physical exfoliant such as a scrub, the raved about electric face brushes or even a wash cloth, you are opening up the breakouts that hold the bacteria and spreading it around your skin, pushing it into the pores which results in more breakouts. Exfoliating can be super beneficial for acne, but choose chemical exfoliants such as glycolic and lactic acids rather than a physical exfoliant. Chemical exfoliants penetrate the skin and help the cell turnover underneath whereas a physical exfoliant buffs away the top layer of skin.

4) Using Alcohol-Based Toners

This one pretty much goes hand in hand with number one and two (not moisturizing oily skin and also over exfoliating). It's the same concept. Alcohol, especially a high concentration, in skincare products can easily strip the skin of it's natural oils. What did we learn happens when you strip the skin and damage the barrier? Our skin can become dry, irritated, red and breakout. What happens next? Our body freaks out and sends more oil to the skin. You're basically adding fuel to the fire with alcohol-based toners.

5) Using Makeup Remover Wipes Instead of Cleansing

I know. I get it. Sometimes we are too tired or too busy to do a 10-step skincare routine. We reach for our makeup wipes, thinking we are being good by at least wiping off our makeup rather than sleeping in it. Is this really more beneficial than sleeping in makeup? Makeup wipes do not cleanse the skin. I repeat. Makeup wipes do not cleanse the skin. They remove makeup, but not completely. They moreso smear the makeup and oils around your skin. You're then left with a residue sitting on your skin until you cleanse. That gives bacteria time to re-populate and grow overnight. Please, just cleanse your skin before bed. You (and your skin) will thank you later.

Are you making any of these common skincare mistakes? If you are, that's ok. Now you know how to adjust your skincare routine. Once you make some minor adjustments, you should start seeing positive results. Struggling with your skin? Schedule a virtual skincare consultation with me! Make sure to share this post with your friends and family so they are also aware of these common skincare mistakes.

Xo, Jess